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Life after teaching— safaris, grandchildren, and no papers to grade

Gabriella Backus, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 15, 2017


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After a career at Bear Creek that spanned 20 years, and included roles as English department head, Advanced Placement English teacher, swing club advisor, and mentor to many, Lynda Farrar retired in 2016. Farrar had an extensive career under her belt, including teaching English night classes to failing...

“Honey, how was your day?”

Helen Le, Editor-in-Chief

September 15, 2017


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Bear Creek High School may not be the most romantic place in Stockton, but seeing one’s significant other every day in any setting is always a plus. The same goes for married teachers on campus. Johnathon Clemons, the AP European History and AP Government and Economics teacher, and Lauren Clemons,...

From football to Thanksgiving, foreign exchange students seek the full American experience

Lily Tran, Feature Editor

September 15, 2017


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Bear Creek has always been known for its diversity.  The school is home to many ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations.  So it’s no surprise that Bear Creek is hosting multiple foreign exchange students. For the 2017-2018 school year, students from Belgium, France, Japan, Turkey and Brazil...

Finding hidden happiness in ‘Stockton rocks’

Dannica Chhun, Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


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Locals have discovered painted rocks hidden all around Stockton. The woman behind the often inspiring painted rocks is Eileena Mendiola, a native Stocktonian who said in an interview with “Good Day Sacramento” that she wanted “to bring positivity and bring families together.” It’s r...

Want to change your life? Try tidying up

Want to change your life? Try tidying up

Claire Gilliland, Editor-in-Chief

September 14, 2017


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Most people express some form of sentimentality — whether it be by keeping old homework and essays, thousands of photos on one’s phone, or even old clothes that no longer fit. All of these things result in clutter, an almost inevitable part of life. “[Clutter] is a lot of work to deal with,”...

From Daisy Dukes to Bermudas — and the space between

From Daisy Dukes to Bermudas — and the space between

Lily Tran, Feature Editor

September 14, 2017


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Fashion trends are ever-changing. The ‘20s brought flapper dresses decorated in sequins and eccentric style; the’ 50s brought midi skirts and a fitted waist; the ‘70s brought daisy duke shorts. The style of short-shorts have made a prominent comeback — much to administration’s chagrin. Most...

Talent Show raises over $1,000 for Make-a-Wish

Sandra Sunio, Staff Writer

May 26, 2017


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Not only does Bear Creek have diversity, it also has talent. The Make-A-Wish Foundation held its third annual talent show on Friday, May 12 where over a dozen Bruins showcased their talent. Seniors Liz Malone, Casey Faamausili and Breyana Hilliard kicked off the show with lots of energy as the...

Media campaign reminds us why ‘Stockton is home

Chloe Johnson, Staff Writer

May 26, 2017


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The “Stockton is Home” campaign is a social media campaign started in February 2017 by Stockton native Jasmine Leek on Twitter. It has since expanded to other social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. It features videos of Stockton residents from all walks of life sharing...

Following my brother’s footsteps into the U.S. Army

Gwendolyn Poole, Staff Writer

May 26, 2017


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For as long as I can remember, the army was my brother’s thing. Everyone — from our family to the strangers at the store — knew that he was going to grow up and become a military man, and I was perfectly content with watching from the sidelines and cheering him on. Imagine how I felt when after...

A letter to my freshman self

A letter to my freshman self

Sandra Sunio, Rachel Dinh Lopez, Gian Baldonado, and Jerice Banola

May 26, 2017


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Dear freshman Sandra, Honey, you’ve got a big storm comin’. First things first, a majority of the friends you have now will not stick around through the years. Don’t worry though, it’s less of a loss and more of a win because you’ll start to find your real friends and realize who is wort...

Retiring teachers say farewell

Serra Raquel, Giancarlo Lizarraga, Marino Dominguez, Gabriella Backus, and Lily Tran

May 26, 2017


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Lynda Farrar Lynda Farrar currently teaches Pre-AP English 9, Read 180, and AP Literature. After years of being at Bear Creek, Farrar decided to retire due to family concerns. “One’s age doesn’t necessarily automatically determine one’s time to retire,” Farrar said. “I have an el...

2017 Valedictorian reflects on achievement

Jasmin Tran, Guest Writer

May 26, 2017


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Four years, 1,825 days, countless hours of homework from AP classes, and many, many seconds of relying on the clutch for grades. It’s been a dream of mine to graduate as valedictorian since I was in 7th grade, and that dream has been fulfilled this year. My parents encouraged me to follow my...

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